Editor's note: MIRS asked a panel of political pundits to give their views on the Line 5 deal and Flint water crisis criminal cases, along with a couple of others that political observers might mentally categorize as things that appear to be "inevitable."
Q. Is it inevitable that the Whitmer administration and, more specifically Attorney General Dana Nessel, will see to it that the Line 5 Tunnel issue is ultimately taken off their political plates by it being sent to the State Supreme Court?
Vanguard Public Affairs Senior Vice President Jen EYER insists that neither the Governor nor the AG see the Line 5 issue as a problem they'd prefer to have taken out of their hands.
"I think the premise of the question is mistaken," Eyer asserted. "Whitmer and Nessel, in my view, are both 100 percent ready and willing to take on this issue for the good of all Michiganders, the vast majority of whom do not want oil running through the lakes by any means of transport. They've already taken action toward that end."
Q. Now that Nessel has publicly asked her to do so, is it inevitable that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will take over as prosecutor of the Flint water crisis criminal cases?
According to Eyer, Worthy should view it as an opportunity and will likely accept the challenge.
"I think it's likely but not inevitable," Eyer said. "But it's a great opportunity for Worthy -- a trusted figure in law enforcement -- to step in and provide the kind of third-party oversight that the public can have confidence in."
Q. With a Democratic Governor and Democratic Attorney General is it now inevitable that the Michigan Civil Rights Commission will win its battle to officially make sexual orientation and gender identity subject to sex discrimination laws?
Eyer said, "Yep. It's inevitable."
"Yes, I believe we will see the Michigan Civil Rights Commission prevail in its effort to clarify that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act includes protection against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation," Eyer said. "This effort will be backed up by Attorney General Dana Nessel, unlike last year's effort that was struck down by former AG Bill Schuette. And, I would add, this will be a fantastic day for Michiganders. It's the right thing to do from a moral standpoint, but also from an economic one. Forward-thinking businesses don't want to invest in a state where discrimination is allowed."
Q. With a Democratic Governor and a Republican-majority Legislature should it be considered inevitable that this year the State budget won't be completed until late August or September?
"I think Governor Whitmer has shown time and again that she's adept at negotiating with Republicans and getting things done," Eyer said. "People would be wrong to underestimate her. On the other hand, people would also be wrong to underestimate the Republicans' desire to prevent her from getting things done. Time will tell, but my money's on Whitmer."
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